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"Fishing Season" is featured at Paul Henry's Gallery.

While David Mueller, founder of Hammond’s Paul Henry’s Gallery and curator of its “Fishing Season,” hopes to reach art lovers of all walks with his exhibit. He hopes a particular audience takes his bait.

“There are a lot of people out there who enjoy fish and fishing, and some of them are serious about it, and I hope to draw a few of them in,” he said. “Fishing is a national past time, and I’d like to see them partake in the art world and discover the beauty of art. This can be a bridge for them into an involvement with the arts.”

Celebrating the opening of his exhibit with a reception at Paul Henry’s at 6 p.m. Friday. Mueller is a longtime fisher and aficionado of aquatic art. For “Fishing,” he reached out to area artists who are regular participants in Paul Henry exhibits.

While Mueller’s stable of artists initially responded, several, he said, were admittedly hesitant at first based on the subject.

“A lot of them never considered fish as a subject,” Mueller said. “It’s kind of difficult to paint a fish swimming. It’s a difficult subject. You’ve got to use your imagination. You just go ahead with it and see what you can come up with.”

More than two dozen artists have participated in “Fishing,” creating original two dimensional and three dimensional works. Mueller estimated more than three dozen paintings, sculptures and photographs will make up “Fishing.”

“It’s a pretty nice exhibit as far as treating the subject and as far as the media used are involved,” Mueller said.

“Fishing Season” is scheduled to run at Paul Henry’s Gallery through Sept. 4.

Paul Henry’s Gallery is open 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday and noon to 5 p.m. Sunday.